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Your choice: satisfying career or money to travel?

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11. Posted by sarahjapan (Budding Member 28 posts) 9y

Im at the same crossroads but I have chosen option A for now. (which seems like the minority).

Been traveling since I graduated university and had plans to stop recently until I fell in love (my fella is in australia). So now I am back home, living with my parents, working at a restaurant (which I hate) but that means I have no commitments and I can take off again. I do intend to start my career or at least grad school after the next year, but for now, while I am young all bets are off. I'm outta here.

12. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 9y

Why can't you have both!!!

Ok not always possible. but I think that like many people have said here, do it while your young, travelling is more important than a career in your early 20s anyway! But I think it depends on how much time you have off too - If your in a crap job that doesnt give you the time travel you'll be depressed all the time!

13. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 9y

I will do the second option as long as i can stand it and then the first option will be always there especially if they dont pay well.

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15. Posted by skyef (Full Member 105 posts) 9y

it would be the first option.. maybe i'll try to make some sacrifices like some freelance work to earn some extra cash to travel or work out something. guess it boils down to individual - i would choose a career that gives me personal satisfaction.

16. Posted by adam10 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Why not do both. I just became a referring Travel Agent. It's a part time job now, but it affords me the opportunity to Travel, Make Money and get huge perks. Just an idea

17. Posted by acachada (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

I would say both. It is possible to have a rewarding career and still make enough money to travel. I am currently saving for a year abroad in china, working as a software developer contractor.
That means I can work for a few months only... or any time I need to save enough money.

I can't help myself but think the day I will be moving out of my flat, sell all my stuff and that day where I will be boarding that plane and be free... at least for a year.

Anyone share the same anxiety?

18. Posted by Dominatrix (Budding Member 43 posts) 9y

If I were a lawyer, I'd defend mafia hitmen / serial killers if it paid well.

Money is good and you cannot change the world. Nobody can. Believe you me.

But I discovered this way too late -- in my late 30s and have been following it for the last few years only.

[ Edit: Edited on May 30, 2007, at 3:34 AM by Dominatrix ]

19. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

2nd option. I don't mind not being satisfied by my job. If I get paid well and can travel which is something I love then it's worth it. When/if I decide to settle down I may choose option 1 but till then it's the second one.

20. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 9y

Quoting GregW

It appears that I have already chosen the 2nd option...


Hi! Greg! It seems we are in the same boat.